National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key

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The National Key Deer Refuge is a 8542acre National Wildlife Refuge located on Big Pine Key and No Name Key in the Florida Keys in Monroe County, Florida.The refuge is home to the endangered Key Deer, a subspecies of the White-tailed deer that is endemic to the Florida Keys and has a current population of around 800 animals. 21 other threatened and endangered species of plants and animals are also found on the refuge, which includes 2400acre of upland forests, 5100acre of wetlands, and 1050acre of marsh. 2278acre of the refuge have been designated as a wilderness area.Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Great White Heron NWR, and Key West NWR are administered by the National Key Deer Refuge.
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  • We stopped by while cycling in the area. Due to the serious damage from hurricane Irma, the area is not yet open to visitors (at least not that we found). Biologists reported that up to 84% of the her...  more »
  • The Center is very good and hard to find the visitor point hidden in the parking lot d a super market. Once found the Lady gives us a plan to see dear them... We had lots of luck... to 1 turn a mother and her baby. .. but activity on made! A little course well
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  • Cool, breezy and overcast day on Marathon, so we drove down to Big Pine Key for our first visit to the refuge. What an unexpected treat! We saw 11 Key Deer over the span of one hour of driving through...  more »
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  • Post Hurricane Irma trip to the Keys. I love the Key deer, saw only one but it was mid-day. They are more plentiful at dusk. We tried to eat at No Name Pub, by the deer refuge, but it was too early in the day. Lots of storm debris piles & removal going on. But it will rebound & be beautiful again soon. I wanted to come here to support the Keys now. We were supposed to be in a VRBO house for September in Summerland Key, which was canceled of course. Already rented for next year!
  • This location is actually the administration office. Search for the visitors center or the Blue Hole if you are looking for some place to start. The actual Key Deer Refuge was cool though!
  • Lots of deer to see Nice trails .
  • Took us FOREVER to find the Visitor Center- yes, it is in the strip mall. The volunteer behind the counter was very nice but the signage at the trailheads she suggested were not easy to find. We did find the Blue Hole and we're lucky enough to see two alligators. L
  • Fly dear and other animal captures to this lovely Refuge.

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Where to stay in Big Pine Key

You won't find many accommodations in Big Pine Key, as the island remains primarily residential. To the north, some bed and breakfasts give you the chance to enjoy the Florida Keys without the crowds, while a campground remains a back-to-basics option for those wanting to be close to the water and out in the sun.
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